Origin of cheongsamChinese
Origin of cheongsamCantonese ceong4 saam1, long gown : ceong4, long (from Middle Chinese tr&hhook;ia&njlig;; also the source of Mandarin cháng) : saam1, gown (from Middle Chinese &shookr;a&tricolon;m; also the source of Mandarin shan).
- A long formal dress-like garment worn by Asian men, the equivalent of a woman’s qipao. In Hong Kong, the cheongsam is also worn by women.
From Cantonese 長衫 (cheongsam, “long dress”)